Date: 3/8/17 4:01 am
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Bucktoe Creek Preserve (07 Mar 2017) 7 Raptors
Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 07, 2017

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 2 6 6
Northern Harrier 0 2 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 13 13
Cooper's Hawk 0 2 2
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 1
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 3 12 12
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 1 1 1
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 7 37 37

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers: Beatty Broughton, Kathleen Pileggi

Visitors (3): Beaty Broughton, Kathleen Pileggi

Cloudy with Showers (100% cloud cover), Temps 40-58F, Winds S 5-15 mph

Raptor Observations:
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 2-Bald Eagle,
1-Cooper's Hawk, 2-Red-shouldered Hawk, 7-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous
Black (50) and Turkey Vultures (65).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-0; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-1; adult-3

Non-raptor Observations:
----ADDITIONAL BIRD HIGHLIGHTS: 1-Killdeer, 5-Ring-billed Gull, 2-COMMON
RAVEN, 2-Horned Lark, 1-Tree Swallow, 2-Eastern Towhee, 8-White-crowned
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (0); Dragonflies (0); Reptiles &
Amphibians (0); Mammals (1): Eastern Gray Squirrel.
----“BUCKTOE BIRD BLOG” - (Comments on the events & “feel” of the day –
read on, if you dare) We see birds, many of them hawks; encounter other
wildlife; discuss plants; while striving to laugh and have FUN with it all!
Notes on the raptors will be here, other birds and wildlife we notice or
discuss, and humorous (I hope) stories and anecdotes. This isn’t brain
surgery. Trust me, I know about that. I’ve already been “dead” once (it’s
overrated). So, you WILL have to forgive me, but I AM going to have the
ultimate fun with what remains of this life!
TODAY’S BLOG: This afternoon’s rain showers showed up early this morning.
Oh yay…just PERFECT! We’ll make the most of it though, right? Early on
and during a break in the rain, the alarm notes of a chickadee and the
dashing for cover of the White-crowned Sparrows, alerted me to the probable
presence of an accipiter. I glanced all around….nothing. But then, further
up soaring….there it was – a Sharpie. The ability of these birds to see
and identify this as an accipiter – a danger to them – will never cease to
amaze me. A Red-tailed Hawk doing the same thing would barely cause any
reaction…. Incredible! At 1:25pm a “croak” just off to our east, signaled
the return of a Raven….then, a second….both swinging around just at treetop
level in a arch bringing them between me and the parking lot here at
Bucktoe Creek Preserve. Wow, I knew there was some reason for being out
here in the rain today! The first Tree Swallow of our Watch flew by at
2pm. Beaty showed up, showing me a video of a female Baltimore Oriole
which has been at her feeders in Avondale for about a week now. Nice
find, Beaty! But Beaty has been seeking “our” Ravens. Today,
unfortunately she missed them by a mere 20 minutes. One of these days,
Beaty. One of these days….
----My thanks to Kathleen Pileggi for posting these sightings to ebird and
for helping with this submission to “Hawk Count.” Thanks also, to Delaware
Nature Society, and especially, to the Brokaws, for their incredible
support and gracious generosity in opening their property to the public for
this watch, and oh, so very much more!
----EBNT’s “Walk with Nature” ™ Program Daily Tally with our Fitbits:
This is a stationary watch, but if I stay stationary too long, I might tend
to “bulk up.” Besides, I am ever so fortunate to be walking unaided, at
all! Therefore, I keep moving (if you’ve been here, then you know that I
pace endlessly….) - my Fitbit thanks me and its part of my “Walk with
Nature” program. So, below are MY results at the watch for the day. Your
totals could all be zero, if you choose to sit and relax. You are
certainly welcome to take it easy….I simply choose not to, affording me a
panoramic view of our entire sky and a bit of exercise. So come join our
“Walk with Nature!” ™ Anyway, just for fun, here are my numbers at the site
for today (join me, if you wish): Miles: 3.6; Steps: 8,457; Floors: 25.
----“SEASON’S BIRD SPECIES LIST” – we at Bucktoe are not just a hawk watch,
but conduct a migration tally from the site. Below is the list of species
identified on this year’s “Watch,” from the watch area. We include it
here, from time to time (about once a week), to let you know what else
we’re seeing here at the Bucktoe Watch. Our tally board, on site, will
feature an approximation (very rough, best “guestimate,” – raptors must
remain our primary focus) for totals of each species seen for “The Watch”
year. Here’s the species list, thus far, for this season – from the
Snow Goose---ROSS’S GOOSE---Canada Goose---Wood Duck---Mallard---Great Blue
Heron---Black Vulture---Turkey Vulture---Bald Eagle---Northern
Harrier---Sharp-shinned Hawk---Cooper’s Hawk---Red-shouldered
Hawk---Red-tailed Hawk---American Kestrel---Killdeer---Ring-billed
Gull---Mourning Dove---Belted Kingfisher---Red-bellied Woodpecker---Downy
Woodpecker---Hairy Woodpecker---Northern Flicker---Pileated
Woodpecker---Eastern Phoebe---Blue Jay---American Crow---Fish Crow---COMMON
RAVEN---Horned Lark---Tree Swallow---Carolina Chickadee---Tufted
Titmouse---White-breasted Nuthatch---Carolina Wren---Eastern
Bluebird---American Robin---Northern Mockingbird---European
Starling---Cedar Waxwing---Eastern Towhee---Field Sparrow---Savannah
Sparrow---Fox Sparrow---Song Sparrow---White-throated
Sparrow---White-crowned Sparrow---Dark-eyed Junco---Northern
Cardinal---Red-winged Blackbird---Common Grackle---Brown-headed
Cowbird---House Finch---American Goldfinch
TOTAL SPECIES – Identified from watch site: today: 43; this season: 54

Tomorrow’s another windy day...but what do we expect in March? Seasonable
temps though.
Come join us, folks! We’re here every day, 9am thru 3pm (at least). Rain
or shine….
This report is being sent individually to participants and people deemed to
be interested parties. If you wish off the list, kindly notify me and you
will be removed.
The Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve is sponsored by Delaware Nature
Society (DNS) and the Brokaw family. Please contact us at
<earlybirdtours...> with questions or comments.

Report submitted by Larry Lewis (<earlybirdtours...>)

Site Description:
High open meadow facing north near Red Clay Creek

Directions to site:
From Kennett Square, PA (in southern Chester County):

Take Union Street south out of town. This becomes Kaolin Road. Make a right
onto Hillendale Road. Proceed about 1.5 miles to Sharp Road and make a
left. At the second hilltop on Sharp Road, the entrance is on the left
across from Candlewyck development. (432 Sharp Rd.) Upon entering driveway,
make a right on gravel road opposite first driveway you see on left. Follow
gravel road (and the "Hawk Watch" signs for about 1/2 mile to the pavilion
on the left and the parking area in the grass to the right.
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